FAIRMONT — Music filled the air Sunday evening as LIFE UMC School of Music students took the stage for their fall recital.

Although most performing were children ages five to 15 years old, Porter Robinson, 11, of Clarksburg was joined by an adult, Charles Lettrick, 58, of Pleasant Valley, for a guitar duo. The school welcomes all ages, from four years old on up.

The pair played “Yankee Doodle” and “12 Bars of Blues.”

“I enjoyed it,” Lettrick said.

Robinson, meanwhile, said playing the guitar is fun. He liked learning from his teacher, John Vaughan of Clarksburg, who had high praise for his student.

“He’s a great kid,” he said. He said Robinson has a good ear, a nice sense of rhythm and is “a real joy to work with.”

In addition, Robinson plays piano and violin. His mother, Erin Robinson, instructs him in the violin.

Anne Schooley, director and founder of the LIFE UMC School of Music, said the school is a community outreach program of the LIFE UMC Church.

She said a total of 19 students were performing on stage Sunday in LIFE UMC Sanctuary on Technology Drive in Fairmont, including five vocalists, 11 pianists and three guitarists.

Five of those were performing for the first time, which Schooley said can be tough. But she thought they all did “amazingly well.”

Schooley said the recital is a learning experience.

She said, “They did extremely well because it is not easy to overcome a problem when you’re facing the score, which is the music score, and then continue without trauma.”

Schooley said the talent of the students was “very high.”

“These children all have different backgrounds and different interests, and so that accounts for their talent because the higher their interest, the greater the talent is going to be personified,” she said.

She said they “strive for the highest achievements in music.”

The spring recital is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the sanctuary.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (304) 367-2549.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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